ERIC Number: EJ794560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 23
Integrating Movement and Learning in Elementary and Middle School
Hruska, Barbara; Clancy, Mary E.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v21 n5 p13-20 May-Jun 2008
With pressure for student academic achievement throughout the educational environment, physical educators are being called upon to support student learning in a variety of academic areas. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education set guidelines which direct the physical education teacher toward motor, health, and fitness development and suggest the integration of other subject areas into physical education. Classroom teachers, who are faced with increased standardized testing and decreased recess and physical education time, may be interested in activities that increase movement opportunities for children, while reinforcing content instruction. This is an area where physical educators and classroom teachers can collaborate to increase movement and reinforce content. The integration of physical activity into other areas of curriculum is not new, but there has been renewed interest in the topic as evidenced by recent publications on the subject. This article provides educators with practical activities that can be used to integrate movement into content instruction to enhance learning and increase physical activity. Four activity structures are presented: (1) Scatter; (2) Tag; (3) Relays; and (4) Stations. This article is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather serve as a beginning point for teachers who need practical, simple movement structures, which reinforce curricular concepts.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Movement Education, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Health Promotion, Physical Health, Physical Fitness, Integrated Curriculum, Educational Games, Teacher Collaboration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
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